Play is hugely important for the development of our children because it promotes their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.  In fact, it’s one of the biggest ways they learn and develop. What’s more, playtime is a great opportunity for parents to bond and engage with their little ones. I have teamed up with a nursery and prep school in Somerset to explore the benefits of play time in more detail.

When our children are young, it’s important that learning is fun for them. It should involve experimentation and exploration. Each child is unique; they grow and develop in their own way and at their own speed. With that in mind, you should never compare your own child to another but instead, help them explore different types of play.

Physical play, like ball games or dance, helps them develop their strength, coordination, and flexibility. Alternatively, doing a jigsaw or playing with building blocks will help your child identify shapes and develop logic. Dressing up or playing with dolls allows children to develop their imagination as they create and explore new worlds.

Generally speaking, play allows children to learn useful skills that they can carry with them throughout all aspects of their lives, including independence, curiosity, resilience, confidence and so on. As a parent, it’s your job to encourage your child to play and explore different environments, both inside and outside.

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It is common knowledge that weddings can be quite expensive. It won’t be the wedding dress and the groom’s suit that you have to think about. There’s a lot to spend on for this monumental day of your life, from your wedding bands to the food and venue. It can be very stressful, so some couples get wedding planners to plan and handle everything.

But, if you are one of those couples who want to save on expenses and instead set aside money for the life you want to build with your beloved, you can do the careful planning for your dream wedding yourself. While it may be challenging, having the perfect affair on a budget is possible.

It’s perfectly understandable that you would want to keep the expenses at a manageable rate. You’ve already shelled out a significant portion of your savings on unique engagement rings she will love. Here are some tips to help you achieve the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank:


There is nothing like that buzz and excitement from your children when the summer holiday begins! We all love the summer and the chance to spend more time outside, visiting the seaside and having picnics. It is also a time when you can get creative with your children and have some well-deserved fun together.

To help your kiddies stay creative, and to ensure you don’t run out of ways to keep them busy, I want to share my favourite summer crafting essentials…


When summertime rolls around, kids like to bring their education to a screeching halt. Unfortunately, adolescents aren’t too keen on expanding their knowledge throughout the summer. However, there’s never an inopportune time to foster learning. Here are some ideas on how to keep children engaged and stimulated during summer vacation.


Moving abroad can be an emotionally stressful undertaking, and it certainly requires lots of planning and preparation. There is no denying that this is a time of uncertainty and that you might even feel a bit frightened of what’s to come. Now imagine being a child who not only has zero control over the entire thing but also lacks the rational and emotional maturity to understand the reasons that have shaped your decision to move abroad.

If you don’t prepare your children for the road ahead, if you don’t find the right tutors for them to continue their education seamlessly, or if you don’t guide them through the lengthy adjustment phase, you will never be able to fully enjoy your new life. Here are the four tips to achieve this and build the life you deserve.

As the exams begin and the school workload gets heavier, it is essential that your child makes time at home to study.

Studying may not be at the top of your child’s priorities; however, you can help to make this time more enjoyable by following some simple strategies and encouraging good study habits.
Here are three helpful strategies from Dover College to help your child develop a new love of learning…


Getting your kids ready for school in the mornings is often a huge challenge for parents, especially if there’s more than one child. The trick is to be organised and allow yourself plenty of time, just in case there are any hiccups. I have teamed up with an independent school in New York to offer you some advice on how you can save time and ensure the school run runs smoothly.

First and foremost, be sure to prepare as much as you can the night before. Encourage your kids to pack their school bags and lay their uniform out before bed so that everything is ready in the morning. If your children eat a packed lunch, you should lead by example and make the sandwiches etc. the night before too. The more you get done the night before as a family, the more time you’ll have in the morning. Checklists are great for ticking everything off and making sure you don’t forget anything.
Kids tend to explore things and they wanted to learn new things by helping on the house chores like cleaning in the kitchen. Their safety is our number one priority while helping at home.


The school holidays should be a time for some much-needed relaxation and family time, but this doesn’t mean that learning has to stop; in fact, the holidays can provide many fun and exciting learning opportunities.

Listed below are some activities recommended by Banstead Preparatory School to encourage your children to stay motivated and enjoy learning during the school holidays…